AgScape and 4-H Ontario partnership kicks off with ag leadership and career event

AgScape and 4-H Ontario partnership kicks off with ag leadership and career event

With a shared passion for the future of Ontario’s agriculture industry, AgScape and 4-H Ontario will co-host Your Future in Agriculture to launch a new leadership certificate course and career competition for Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students in Ontario.

The October 26, 2017 event at the Mount Forest Sports Complex marks a new partnership between the two organizations to collaborate and share resources and networks to deliver engaging, fact-based information about the agri-food industry to Ontario students.

“There is a natural synergy between 4-H and what we are working towards every day to ensure future consumers are informed and aware of all the opportunities in the agri-food industry,” says AgScape Executive Director Colleen Smith. “Our organizations have been working together for many months to uncover new opportunities to bring ag literacy to more students across the province, and Your Future in Agriculture is the start of a great partnership.”

Your Future in Agriculture is the official launch of 4-H Ontario’s new SHSM Leadership Certificate curriculum specifically designed for SHSM students. AgScape is collaborating to deliver another SHSM component bringing real world, experiential opportunities to explore a variety of agri-food careers. SHSM students from a number of school boards have been invited to participate in the event, with the day split between getting a sample of the 4-H leadership certificate course curriculum and AgScape’s career competition.

Your Future in Agriculture is designed to meet two of the five elements of the SHSM program: sector-recognized certification and experiential learning. Both activities will feature hands-on opportunities to explore aspects of leadership and agriculture industry careers.

“This event is a new way for youth to learn and practice leadership skills in a fun environment”, says 4-H Ontario Executive Director Debra Brown. “Every night, in communities across Ontario, 4-H volunteers run clubs where youth build leadership and life skills. We are pleased to be able to bring this experience to students during a school day.”

About 4-H Ontario
4-H Ontario is a non-profit positive youth development organization that builds youth as leaders within their communities and assets to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today it is open to youth of all backgrounds across the province. 4-H youth ages 6–21 and screened, engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions and national and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more. 4-H provides youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable skills for leadership and life.

About AgScape
AgScape is a charitable organization providing reliable and balanced resources to Ontario schools on agriculture, food production, environmental sustainability and related topics. AgScape, formerly OAFE, was created in 1991 with the mission of building awareness and understanding of the importance of our agriculture and food system. For more information visit, follow us on Twitter @AgScapeON and like us on 

For more information contact:
Colleen Smith
Executive Director, AgScape

Debra Brown
Executive Director, 4-H Ontario